Here’s a traditional Malay or Malaysian snack that my Dad loves – Rempeyek. As a kid, he used to take the trouble to make it because he liked it so much and home made ones are always so much nicer!
During this recent Hari Raya (Eidul Fitr) festivities, I went visiting friends with my parents and although my poor Dad had a sore throat, he could not resist the delicious rempeyek crackers on offer at one of the houses.
What is Rempeyek?
Rempeyek is a traditional cracker made from flour. The flour is mixed with some spices into a batter which is spread thinly on a ladle or flat spatula and then peanuts and fried anchovies (ikan bilis) are scatted on the top of the batter. The batter is then deep fried in hot oil until crispy.
The taste is mildly flavoured with cardamom and the peanuts and anchovies add bite and texture to the cracker. It is popularly sold even on normal days as many people enjoy chomping down on this snack.
Personally, I’m not much of a fan of it, because I dislike peanuts. So, I pick off all the peanuts and give them to my Dad and eat up the rest of the cracker!